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Jeremiah Monell, 33, was found guilty of stabbing Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35, to death in her Commercial Township home after a two-week trial.

BRIDGETON — A Cedarville man found guilty in the 2016 murder of his estranged wife is slated to be sentenced Friday in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Jeremiah Monell, 33, who was found guilty in January of stabbing Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35, to death in her Commercial Township home, is scheduled to appear at 8:45 a.m. before Judge Cristen D’Arrigo.

He faces a life sentence without parole.

During the trial, the medical examiner testified O’Shea-Watson “suffered nearly 90 sharp-force injury wounds.”

The knives used in the murder were found by investigators behind the kitchen stove, one with a bloody palm print that matched Monell’s, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Monell and O’Shea-Watson’s son, who was 12 at the time, witnessed the murder.

At a court appearance before trial, Assistant Prosecutor Charles Wettstein said the boy saw Monell slam O’Shea-Watson onto the floor and choke her.

“The juvenile heard the victim say, ‘Just let me die in peace,’” Wettstein said. “At that time, the defendant retrieved two knives from the kitchen, from the block of kitchen knives. He then proceeded to go back to Miss O’Shea-Watson and repeatedly stab her.”

Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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